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The ultimate couples guide to Samoa

Dreaming of where to go next? Then look no further than the beautiful island nation of Samoa.

Only a short five-hour flight if travelling from Sydney, in the heart of the South Pacific between New Zealand and Hawaii, Samoa is known as the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific – the true heart of Polynesia.



Boasting crystal clear turquoise waters, stunning waterholes, lush rainforest trails and pristine reefs that abound with marine life, Samoa offers the perfect paradise for couples looking to escape their everyday surroundings.


Whether you’re searching for the perfect location to honeymoon or simply enjoy a well-deserved getaway with your ‘alofa’ (love), we’ve rounded up the top Samoan spots guaranteed to get you feeling the love.


Where to stay: Taumeasina Island Resort, Upolu

Located just 45 minutes from the Faleolo International Airport and five minutes from Samoa’s capital city, Apia, is the nation’s newest four-and-a-half star luxury resort. Situated on its own private island, Taumeasina Island Resort offers secluded and exclusive accommodation in the heart of the South Pacific.


The resort offers a wide selection of activities to keep you entertained, such as snorkelling, kayaking and two large swimming pools. With an impressive range of rooms to choose from, the Deluxe Oceanview Hotel Room is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Imagine soaking up superior, uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from your very own balcony.


You can also discover authentic local cuisine without leaving the comfort of the resort, with an array of food and beverage experiences on offer, including three restaurants and two bars in breathtaking locations. We also recommend a visit (or two) to the resort’s opulent Fofo Spa & Sauna, where you can indulge in a selection of treatments, such as locally made Mailelani Samoa cosmetics .


If you’re seeking an alternative to the traditional resort style accommodation, then look no further than the Aganoa Lodge Samoa. Featuring eight standalone, open-air fales (bungalows), each room is surrounded by its own privacy screen to provide guests with their own perfect carved-out piece of paradise Located on a five-acre oceanfront parcel bordering the Tafua Rainforest Preserve, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to a glorious white sand beach and crystal clear lagoon just metres from your accommodation.


Every aspect of Aganoa is designed to immerse you in Savaii’s pristine natural environment, while preserving the integrity of one of the last untrodden surf wonderlands on the planet. This secret corner of the earth awaits you, offering memorable and authentic experience for couples, families, and surfers alike. You’re invited to unplug from your busy, overbuilt world and experience something perfect and simple.


An aptly named destination for couples, Lover’s Leap is a stunning cliff-top vantage point that offers a bird’s eye view of foaming waters as they surge into a small cove below, which is steeped in legend. Located 300m above sea level, this magical spot provides a romantic setting, with a small fale – a traditional Samoan thatched hut – situated just metres from the cliff’s edge. Guaranteed to provide plenty of Instagram-worthy shots, this scenic lookout is a must-do for those looking to slow down and appreciate Samoa’s unrivalled natural beauty.



Date with adventure: To-Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu 

The To-Sua Ocean Trench is a popular tourist attraction for anyone seeking an adventure that doesn’t require too much effort. Formed during an ancient lava eruption when the land around it slipped away, To Sua consists of two large holes joined by a lava tube cave. The main hole – the pool – is filled with seawater and is connected to the ocean by an underwater cave.


Descending down a rustic ladder into the stunning 30-metre deep trench, the grove offers crystal clear water that is perfect for relaxing and swimming. Other spectacular attractions at the site include a lava field with blowholes, a mini pool, and great fishing spots, along with a small beach as Fagaoneone meaning ‘white sand’. The To-Sua Ocean Trench is said to be one of the world’s most spectacular natural swimming pools, so make sure this is on your to-do list.


Traditional market experience: Savalalo Flea Market, Upolu 

Find a special Samoan handicraft or monument to remember your travels at the Savalalo Flea Market. The fantastic outdoor bazaar features an abundance of traditional gifts to choose from, all made by local villages which helps to provide them with an income. Shop for stunning ava bowls, woven pandanus mats, hand crafted wood carvings and lavalavas (sarongs) printed in every colour imaginable. Savalalo is the perfect one-stop shop to find all your Samoan treasures.


Traditional dining experience: Mika’s Restaurant at Coconuts Beach Club, Upolu 

No trip would be complete without tasting the local cuisine, and Mika’s Restaurant is the perfect place to try out some traditional Samoan favourites. Widely regarded as one of the finest dining experiences in Samoa, if not the entire South Pacific, Mika’s Restaurant uses the freshest ingredients possible. From dining under the stars on the sand or on the open-air Palm Terrace, you’ll surely enjoy your time at Mika’s.


Footloose fancy free: Fiafia Night, Upolu and Savai’i 

Sit back, relax and enjoy a night of traditional celebration at one of Samoa’s many FiaFia Nights, held at resorts and accommodation across the island nation. Since the first Samoan people arrived on these islands more than 3,000 years ago, traditional dancing, singing and cooking styles have been passed down from generation to generation. Being able to watch a spectacular dance that has been performed for thousands of years, and taste food similar to how people ate centuries ago, is surely something to celebrate.


The evening is filled with food, dancing, song and the famous knife-fire dance where the men perform using a large knife with burning flames at either end is twirled around their necks, through their legs, under their arms and over their bodies to the rhythmic beat of the music. Enjoy a traditional Samoan feast, cooked in Umu using hot volcanic rocks after you’ve danced with your new ‘aiga’ (family).


All photos Samoa Tourism Authority (STA)




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Published: 18 January 2022

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